Fully autonomous vehicles will start appearing between 10 and 15 years from now, according to predictions by ABI Research. While not everyone agrees with this timeline, the shift to driverless vehicles is inevitable -- and with it comes a need for intelligent automotive software that operates and reacts just like human drivers. Given the complexities of this software, it’s critical for OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers to start planning for the dawn of driverless vehicles now.
Today’s connected cars demand more engineering expertise. Designing, prototyping, and building connected vehicles already requires more than dealing with vehicle dynamics and fuel economy. The electronics and communications technology required for the connected car is putting extensive pressure on telecommunications. IT, security, and commerce, and it’s having a major impact on the overall automobile design and manufacturing.
Manufacturers and OEMs aren’t always careful enough in choosing the best automotive management consulting partners. The right automotive management consultants can help improve product design and operations and more than pay for their fee in increased sales and market advancement. The wrong consultants can be difficult to work with and will end up costing more than they deliver. This is especially true if you are looking for a consultant to help you with yourconnected car strategy. The trick is to know what you want and what you don’t want in a management consultant.